March 10, 2012
YPSILANTI, Mich. - Recording its highest road total of the season (192.275) and collecting a pair of first-place finishes, the Air Force women's gymnastics team finished second at the ninth-annual Eagle Invitational in Ypsilanti, Mich., on Saturday, March 10.
Air Force had a strong performance on the uneven bars, collecting five of the top 10 scores. Sophomore Linnaea Hance recorded a score of 9.800 to tie for first, while senior Sammi Jones tied for fourth with a career-best matching score of 9.750. Sophomore Katie Hawthorne tied for sixth with a score of 9.725, while classmate Jen Larsen finished eighth (career-best matching 9.700) and freshman Jessica Wallander tied for 10th with a score of 9.650.
Wallander also claimed a share of the vault title, as she scored a 9.750 for the third straight meet. Jones, who returned to the vault lineup after an eight-meet absence while recovering from injury, collected the squad's second-best score on that event (9.525) to tie for 14th.
Freshman Alexandra Stych matched her career-best score of 9.800 to finish third on the floor exercise, while Hawthorne paced the Falcons on the balance beam with a 14th-place score of 9.675.
The Falcons' overall score marks its best road score of the season and the fourth-best road total since 2007. Air Force also netted its best event score on the uneven bars, tallying a combined mark of 48.625.
Eastern Michigan won its own competition with a score of 193.950, while Air Force's 192.275 edged out Northern Illinois (192.075) for the runner-up spot. Temple rounded out the quad meet with a fourth-place score of 190.725.
The Falcons close out the regular season on Friday, March 16, when they travel to Tucson, Ariz., to face No. 17 Arizona, Utah State and Bridgeport.